Vinyl fetishists, are you ready to be separated from your mortgage or rent money? Record Store Day is tomorrow, and indie record stores across the whole city will be sticking you up all day Saturday. Rocks Off gets paid today, so you will more than likely see us browsing sweatily for the newly reissued Queens of the Stone Age EP or one of the Mastodon vinyl sides that are being debuted. (See a complete list of Record Store Day exclusive merch at www.recordstoreday.com.) Once we bust the hatch at any of these stores, our credit score gets the wind knocked out of it and our future wife and kids are pulled that much farther away from that dream house we always wanted. Here's a quick rundown of what some of our favorite stores will be spitting at you tomorrow. Remember, a lot of these special editions are very limited and will go quick so it may behoove some of you to wake up a little early to do your shopping. All the stores will be opening by at least 10 a.m., by the way for those of you who dig on waking up at a decent hour.
The FM 1960 vinyl redoubt opens early at 9:00 am and their first 50 customers get a free Best of 2009 sampler. On top of that, all used compact discs will be buy-one-get-one. Some of Chuck Roast's seven-inch collection will also be on the chopping block. They also promised that "five crates of badass, behind-the-counter, un-picked-over LPs will hit the floor at 9:00 a.m. sharp." VE will also be offering a lot of the limited RSD releases as well.
Sound Ex off Richmond will be a feast for your ears and eyes as they plan on putting employee Beau Beasley "in a custom built cage so he can do his special Record Store Day Cage Dance." If that doesn't get your mind racing with anticipation, you are made of stone and cannot be saved. Sound Ex Owner Kurt promises that they will also be receiving the vinyl release of the Soft Machine's Live at Henie Onstad Art Centre along with some RSD releases from Merge, Sub Pop, and others.
The little old record store off Shepherd will be celebrating its 12-year anniversary with $1 LP's, brand new Black Dog T-shirts, deals on their frame-ready artwork. Their half-off box sets offer seems like trouble for us. Around 4 p.m. come stop in for free Rolling Rock and other drinks while you shop.
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Sig's, next to Tacos A-Go-Go, will be opening at 9 a.m. for all your musical and gift needs. Around 11 a.m. you can catch The Umbrella Man and El Orbits performing outside, with Jason Puffer of the Reverberation DJ Crew spinning garage rock in between sets.
The big daddy off Portsmouth will be coming at you from all directions with free beer, musical guests, and enough RSD releases to weigh your car down. Freddie Steady 5 sIngs, and Grandfather Child will all be performing throughout the day while you shop and their respective new releases will also be on-sale for you to pick up as well. We recommend the new GC seven-inch especially.
Owner Quinn Bishop ordered all 160 RSD releases and expects them to all be gone by the end of the day on Saturday. There will also be a Them Crooked Vultures T-shirt made for RSD on-sale. This member of Rocks Off is a medium, by the way. If you show the cashier a receipt from another store dated for Saturday, Cactus will give you another 5% off your purchase.